Blurt: San Diego Music News

Mark Dresser digs deep at City College

...and the best of the rest in San Diego jazz clubs this week

Monday 9Bassist Gunnar Biggs kicks off the jazz week with a Tribute to Mose Allison at Dizzy’s (1717 Morena Boulevard) at 8 p.m. with Tripp Sprague, John Opferkuch, Duncan Moore, Ruby Etoire, and Robin Henkel. ...

Choral Consortium hosts a screening of Robert Shaw documentary

"Hearing Shaw explain the reasoning behind his approach made so many things fall into place."

I found myself listening to the Robert Shaw Chorale over the holidays. It was a bit of a nostalgic journey as this was the soundtrack for Christmas at my grandparents' house. I also remembered that ...

San Diego Symphony starts its month of the American composer

...kicking off with a couple of free concerts January 5 and 7

What does it mean to be an American composer? This is the question that the San Diego Symphony will be answering all month. January is dedicated to the American composer and the symphony is kicking ...

Vinyl in the pink

Western Settings' Will Castro talks about his La Escalera Records and the good news for vinyl sellers

Will Castro lives and dies by the pressing plants that make the vinyl releases for his local label La Escalera Records. Demand for vinyl keeps increasing. But turnaround time is getting worse. Castro says it ...

San Diego music news year in review

The Reader's top music stories of 2016

Arriving in 2016: Local gypsy rockers Quel Bordel launched a 35-artist, four-stage Gypsy Fest at the Jacumba Hot Springs nudist colony in August. It returns June 10. Maybe the most unlikely of venues debuted when ...

Three classical concerts from 2016

You can't do epic shit with basic people

The three performances that mattered most in 2016: Great Scott at San Diego Opera; Madama Butterfly at San Diego Opera; Holst The Planets at San Diego Symphony. Jake Heggie has been prolific by modern standards ...

A night for the Young Lionesses

Jazz happenings around San Diego, January 4–8

Wednesday 4Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos begins a double-header evening at Panama 66 (1450 El Prado) when he hosts the Young Lions Series this week featuring high-school bassist Angelica Yume Pruitt at 6 p.m. At 8:30, he ...

Waltz in the New Year

The annual Vienna Philharmonic concert is on the way

The Viennese Waltz has become the official anthem of New Year’s, at least in classical circles. On each New Year’s day the Vienna Philharmonic gives a concert of music predominantly by the Strauss dynasty. Since ...

Record-releases to kick off 2017

San Diego bands dropping discs in the new year

When Grizzly Business plays a release party for Spanish Old-Fashioned on January 7 at Soda Bar, “Attendees can definitely expect a ghost of Christmas past to join us on the stage,” according to cofounder Walter ...

Lost to 2016

San Diego musicians who passed this past year

The grim reaper has taken a major toll on the world’s music community this year and San Diego has been not been exempt. Here’s a look back at those we lost in 2016: January 2, ...

Little drummer girl Carmen Murray

"We’ve always had African drums around the house.”

“I got the recommendation from [hand-drum pro] Monette Marino,” confides 14-year-old percussionist Carmen Murray. “The symphony asked her for a young player and I got the call one day before the audition. I just played ...

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